Many teachers in Japan would like to get their finances in order, but aren’t quite sure where to start. This exposes them to three big potential dangers: not doing anything, doing the wrong thing, and being taken advantage of by ‘advisors’ or financial institutions. This workshop will cover basic
Role-plays, sample dialogues, and free conversation are staples of EFL classroom activities. What can we, as teachers, do to create more diversity and breathe more life into such tasks? One possible solution is to incorporate some basic drama techniques, many of which focus on character development.
This presentation will begin with an overview of the job market for language professionals in Japan, and the current trends for the job market. Results from surveys and questionnaires that the presenter has obtained through his role as the Job Information Centre (JIC) editor will be given.
Grading the Activity Not the Material: Conversation schools teach a wide range of age groups with a wide range of English abilities. For consistency, classroom management and ease, the participants will see the importance of utilizing the same materials no matter age and ability level. Mark will demonstrate how sequencing activities helps both students and teachers.
Retasking Dictogloss: This presentation will demonstrate three ways a short dictogloss component on quizzes supports vocabulary acquisition, timely assessment, and evaluation of achievement for learners.
The presentation will focus on the mechanics and retelling process of writing a graded reader at a low level as well as look at the socio-cultural benefits of low-level graded reader versions of non-Western classic literature. The presenter will share how he approached the project to ensure a connection with a modern audience.
Language education at Japanese universities has shifted towards cultivating a “global” mindset. This includes cultural instruction. However, set images of a “target culture” carry the risk of reinforcing a stereotyped worldview.
International education is now a buzzword in Thailand. As a result, English instruction programs are mushrooming. Meanwhile, these programs are seen as helping this country become globally
competitive. But are they really beneficial as believed by the Education Ministry? The presenter will look at the evolution of these programs, government policy, and current status.
Do you share personal stories with students in the classroom? Based on PhD research, Suzanne will discuss the characteristics and uses of what she terms teacher personal narratives (TPNs). She will share significant research findings that may affect the way language teachers instruct at all levels of education.
One major challenge for teachers using music in EFL classes is choosing appropriate material to both stimulate student interest while serving as a worthwhile linguistic activity. In this workshop, the presenter will introduce a four skills approach utilizing a smartphone app that helps make music more comprehensible.